Adolfo Carrión, Jr., the 12th chief executive of The Bronx, since municipal incorporation in 1898, was born in lower Manhattan and moved with his family to the Baychester section of the Northeast Bronx when he was in fourth grade.
The son of a Protestant minister and a mother who gave him a daily dose of the golden rule, Carrión graduated from Kings College, a Christian liberal arts college, at the time located in Westchester County. He served as an associate pastor at a Bronx church and later as a public school teacher in the West Bronx.
After earning a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, Carrión worked for the Bronx office of the New York City Department of City Planning.
Carrión then became the district manager for Community Board 5 in the Bronx, overseeing the delivery of services to 150,000 residents within his district. He later joined Promesa, a community development organization, as Vice President of Human Services and Community Outreach.
In 1997, Carrion ran for and was elected to the City Council, representing the14th Council District, which includes the West Bronx neighborhoods of University Heights, Morris Heights, Kingsbridge, and Fordham. As a member of the City Council, Carrion sat on the Economic Development, Education, Higher Education, Environmental Protection, Governmental Operations and Land Use committees. He also served as chairman of the Special Subcommittee on the 2000 Census.
Carrión was elected Bronx Borough President in November 2001. At his inauguration, he committed his administration to the leadership principles he stressed during his campaign: a promise to work for improved schools and housing, more jobs at a living wage and safer streets for Bronx families. Believing that leadership and accountability go hand in hand, Carrión challenged himself and Bronx residents to look for outcomes and not just promises in assessing the progress and growth essential to the future of the borough's 1.3 million people.
Carrión is married to Linda Baldwin, an attorney. He has three daughters-Raquel, Sara, and Olivia-and a son Adolfo James, known as A.J. He lives with his family in the Kingsbridge Heights section of the Bronx.